Brain Aneurysm Support Community

3 Years and Feeling Terrific!

#1

It was three years ago today that I had my clipping after being airlifted the day before due to an SAH. I remember post surgery wondering if life would ever be normal again. What I found is that it is better than normal! Life is excellent and I am so happy I am here to enjoy it.

I continue to work full time in the HR field. I enjoy time with family and friends. I walk 3-6 miles per day, 4-5 days a week. I drink my precious wine without getting headaches. I am so appreciative for everyday.

My memory could be better but I can’t figure out if that is due to the aneurysm or aging. It’s a nuisance when I can’t remember names or lose words but I’m 49 and pretty healthy overall. I am grateful to be doing as well as I am.

Cheers! Gigi

#2

Congratulations and best wishes for many more anniversaries.

#3

Congratulations!!

#4

Gigi...you were/are blessed with quality care...so pleased for you...to be able to return to work full time..and, so expect you will have numerous wonderful years before you...

#5

Yea!!! I love reading things like this! I had a rupture in Jan 2014 while at my daughters high school dance comp (she saw me leave the stands when she was dancing) I also had one clipped a month later. I too have struggled with wondering if life will ever be the same or 'good'. Thanks for sharing!!

#6

Don’t look for the person you use to be embrace the person u be come

#7

That's fantastic and wonderful news. It definitely changes the way you look at life doesn't it? I'm only a family member of someone with an aneurysm and it changed my life completely!! I bet you are a stronger person now. And it's so good for others to read positive stories like this. When I first came to this forum, stories like this gave me such hope, they really helped me. Yay for you!! x

#8

So happy for you! It's encouraging to hear that there is life after SAH. My husband is really struggling and it breaks my heart to see him so sad. He's almost 6 months out and things are still very difficult. He's wondering if his vision will ever get better, if he'll drive again, work on our farm...have his life back. I wish I could tell him that he'll recover and be himself again but I don't know. Just doing my best to lift him up and encourage him. I feel like I'm so broken too but as the caregiver I have to be the strong one now. Trusting in my faith in God to see us through this dark season.

#9

These things take time and my recovery was not overnight. Stay positive and I can say what really helped me was walking. That’s something you can do together. Make sure you give yourself time off too. Being a caregiver is not easy. My best to you both! :slight_smile: Gigi

#10

Thank you Jingles!



Jingles said:

I completely believe you are doing so well because of your grateful attitude!! Thanks for sharing and so good to hear success stories:)

#11

Gigi - Wine, Walking, and Work! You got it covered girl! Great to hear you’re doing well!

#12

Hi Gigi!

I was just diagnosed with two small aneurysms on the anterior communicating artery and clipping is our preferred choice at this time. Your story gives me so much hope!

I love walking too and while I am waiting to meet with the neurologist and neurosurgeon, I have not wanted to do anything that might cause my blood pressure to raise too much. So, your story gives me hope that I will be able to continue working, walking and drinking a little bit of beer lol!

Enjoy every day and I'm so happy for you!

Mike

#13

Thank you all for your good wishes. I wish all the best for each of you and your families. Give yourself time to recover. I was afraid of doing a lot of things afterwards and I continue to overcome those one by one. Life may not be exactly the same but for me it’s better. I have such a greater appreciation of it now. It’s about time and I am happy for each moment.